Absence

Virtue cannot be fully attained without liberty and the absence of liberty proves that virtue in its full protection is wanting. Therefore a man is free in proportion to the measure of his virtues, and the extent to which he is free determines what his virtues can accomplish.

What is slander? A verdict of “guilty” pronounced in the absence of the accused, with closed doors, without defense or appeal, by an interested and prejudiced judge.

When you part from your friend, you grieve not; for that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.

Nature without learning is blind, learning apart from nature is fractional, and practice in the absence of both is aimless.

Peace is not just the absence of war. It involves mutual respect and confidence between peoples and nations. It involves collaboration and binding agreements. Like a cathedral, peace must be constructed patiently and with unshakable faith.

The astonishment of life is the absence of any appearance of reconciliation between the theory and the practice of life.

The mark of the man of the world is absence of pretension. He does not make a speech; he takes a low business tone, avoids all brag, is nobody, dresses plainly, promises not at all, performs much, speaks in monosyllables, hugs his fact. He calls his employment by its lowest name and so takes from evil tongues their sharpest weapon.

All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power.

The passion of desire is an agitation of the soul caused by the spirits which dispose it to wish for the future the things which it represents to itself as agreeable. Thus we do not only desire the presence of the absent good, but also the conservation of the present, and further, the absence of evil, both of that which we already have, and of that which we believe we might experience in time to come.

In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.

It is not possible to form any other notion of the origin of vice than as the absence of virtue.

The absence of the ignorant is never regretted.

Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.

If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation.

Peace is not absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

Peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from force of character.

Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others.

The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.

Respect is not fear and awe; it...is the ability to see a person as he is, to be aware of his unique individuality. Respect, thus, implies the absence of exploitation. I want the loved person to grow and unfold for his own sake, and in his own ways, and not for the purpose of serving me.